Omega-3 Fats Offer Oh Mega Benefits!

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Omega-3 fats are healthy fats. They have a number of health benefits:

  • In adults, they act as a natural blood thinner, reducing risk of blood clots and heart disease and potentially have beneficial effects related to cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • In infants, they help with brain, nerve and eye development

Since our bodies can’t make omega-3 fats, we need to get them from food.

There are 3 types of omega-3 fats:

  • ALA: found in flaxseeds, walnuts, soy products, omega-3 eggs, some vegetable oils like flaxseed, soybean and canola
  • DHA & EPA: found in fatty fish like salmon, mackarel, anchovies, sardines, herring, arctic char and trout

Research shows that our bodies are better able to absorb DHA and EPA than ALA, so aim for 2 servings of fish per week to meet your needs. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup or the size of a deck of cards.

If you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply don’t like the taste of fish, first try and increase your consumption of plant sources of omega-3’s (see “Featured Product” section). You may also benefit from an omega-3 supplement. Speak with your health care professional before starting an omega-3 supplement.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Visit Wealth of Health to view this recipe

Embrace Spring with these Vietnamese spring rolls! They’re not only super tasty, but also healthy and packed with layers of flavoursome crunch. They’re great as a cool summertime appetizer, or even as a main dish, especially dipped in this zesty homemade peanut sauce.

FEATURED PRODUCT
Typically, flaxseed oil has a low smoke point, meaning that it’s not appropriate for cooking at high temperatures, because it will start to degrade. This particular flaxseed oil has been cold-pressed (no chemicals involved) to give it a high smoke point, so it’s great for cooking! It’s also perfect for salad dressings, or used in place of any other oils you might use. The high amount of omega-3 fats in Alligga flaxseed oil, make it a great alternative for people who don’t like to eat fish.
  • Omega-3 rich
  • High smoke point
  • 100% natural
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • No added chemicals, artificial ingredients or preservatives
  • Grown, harvested and manufactured in Canada

DID YOU KNOW…?
Did you know that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron in the body? Many of us (mainly females) are deficient in iron to some degree. It’s best to get our iron from food sources, as iron supplements can cause side effects like nausea and constipation. Iron is found in both animal and plant foods. Animal sources of iron (red meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, etc.) are better absorbed by the body than plant sources (beans, lentils, dark leafy green vegetables, etc). So if you’re trying to increase your iron through foods, be sure to eat a vitamin C-rich food along with it (especially if you’re vegetarian). For example, drizzle lemon juice onto your salad greens; add blueberries to your oatmeal; toss your favourite lentil dish with fresh red bell pepper.
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